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Assistant Project Manager - Design Maintenance & Management

We are in the Berkshire countryside between Reading and Basingstoke
Closing date
11 Mar 2024

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Project Management
Full Time
Flexible working available
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What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent - Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

We are looking for an Assistant Project Manager to support the In Service Support ‘ISS’ team, working on the crucial Trident Programme. The successful candidate will have a range of responsibilities including managing schedules, liaising with DNO (Defence Nuclear Organisation) stakeholders, interacting with Engineers within the business, and working to resolve issues. This role offers a fantastic opportunity to work on a large scale project where you can make a tangible difference to the Trident Programme, and to the safety of the nation.

Location: We are in the Berkshire countryside between Reading and Basingstoke.

Salary: From £35,810 depending on experience and suitability.

AWE has been voted one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK. As part of our People Promise, we have a range of benefits to suit you. These include:
  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (including bank holidays, plus every other Friday off!).
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, and access to mentors & training.
  • Employee assistance programme and occupational health services.
  • Market leading contributory pension scheme.
  • AWE life assurance.
  • Discounts & salary sacrifice scheme - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending.

Whilst not to be considered a check list, candidates should be able to demonstrate some of the following:
  • A background in a similarly highly regulated industry or within an engineering space would be beneficial.
  • High energy levels to ensure successful project delivery.
  • Awareness of project lifecycle management.
  • Experience in communicating with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Understanding of project schedule management, dependencies, and risk assessment.
  • Ability to effectively prioritise workload, resources, and deadlines within high pressure complex environments.
  • A clear and concise communication style with the ability to compile reports and present to peers and Senior Managers.
  • Ability to solve problems and deliver results through creative solutions and collaborating with cross-functional teams.
  • Positive attitude and willingness to be hands-on in a fast-paced, growing company.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with teams and stakeholders.
  • Drive and determination to deliver excellence.
  • The desire to develop knowledge and application techniques of project management methodologies.
  • Excellent IT skills including MS Office, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Key Accountabilities:
  • Deliver assigned tasks in accordance with requirements, operational constraints, time, cost, and quality.
  • Maintain and promote high personal standards in environment, safety, health, security, and quality, and be a great team player.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Undertake tasks for Governance (compliance and reporting).
  • Task management of project resources (people, money).
  • Support the planning of the task/project.
  • Deliver work as defined in the Work Authorisation Document (WAD).
  • Support and initiate change against the Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB).
  • Support, initiate and perform risk and opportunity identification and subsequent actions.
  • The Company may require you to fulfil any other reasonable duties aligned to your position from time to time in line with business needs.

There will be the opportunity to travel within the UK for this role, up to 5 trips per year on average.

All candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role. It can take several months for clearance to come through.


Please note that you must be a British National to apply for a role with us.

Our ambition is to create workplaces where we recognise and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and our employees feel able to be themselves at work. We strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants. Any inclusion information you provide us will be used to encourage and support you through the application process and will be held only for this purpose in accordance with GDPR.


AWE are excited to launch our first Returner Programme, in partnership with, which is designed to support experienced professionals return to their field following a career break.

The programme will be a 1 year fixed term contract on either a full or part time basis with the possibility of transitioning into a permanent role at the end of the contract.

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